CONOR McGREGOR vowed to bounce back from defeat after he was devastatingly knocked out by Dustin Poirier.

McGregor suffered a catastrophic UFC return on Fight Island, where he was stopped in round two.

But he immediately shut down any talks of retiring for a fourth time, and promised to overcome the adversity.

McGregor, 32, said: "I'll have to dust it off and come back and that's it and that's what I'll do.

"Of course, I need activity guys, come on.You don't get away with being inactive in this business.

"I'll take my licks, I'm gutted man, to be honest I'm gutted, I put so much work in.

"Well done Dustin, we're 1-1, good man.

"It's a tough one to swallow, I put in a lot of work, I'm proud of my work, I'd like to have represented my team better we'll get to go again and that's it."

McGregor, 32, last suffered defeat in 2018, as he was submitted by bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, also 32.

But since that night, the Irishman had just 40 seconds in the octagon, when he knocked out Donald Cerrone, 37, last January.

McGregor, beaten for the third time in the UFC, pointed to his lack of time in the octagon as a factor for his loss.

He said: "It's hard to overcome inactivity over long periods of time. And that's just it.

"The leg kicks were good. That low calf good was very good. The leg was dead and I just wasn't as comfortable as I needed to be.

"It's inactivity and that's it. But Dustin is some fighter. If you put in the time in here, you're going to get cosy in here and that's it."

McGregor suffered his first setback in the UFC against Nate Diaz in March 2016.

But he avenged the result just five months later and would then win the lightweight title in November to close the year out with three fights.

McGregor's latest loss could spark the motivation and platform to have a busy 2021, something he called for heading into UFC 257.

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